Update on Addiction Medicine Board Certification (2017) | Kevin Kunz, MD

This presentation is part of the Addiction Medicine Review Course 2017, an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. Together with the other presentation it can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam.

Target Audience

  • Addiction medicine specialists who want an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Primary care clinicians who want to get a better understanding of addiction and manage patients with addictions in their practice
  • Public health officials who want an understanding of the current state of addiction treatment
  • Non-physicians who are involved in the treatment of addiction

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity the learner should be more competent in applying appropriate ethical and confidentiality principles, laws and regulations to the practice of addiction medicine, including the following: 

  1. Explain the advantages of ABMS Board certification
  2. Decide whether to pursue ABMS Board certification
  3. Understand the difference between AMAM and the new certification
  4. Understand the importance of fellowship programs to addiction medicine. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA Category 1
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Kevin Kunz, MD
Kevin Kunz is Executive Vice President of the  The Addiction Medicine Foundation and The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).  He is an ABAM Diplomate with an active addiction medicine practice in Kona, Hawaii, and is on the faculty of the University of Hawaii’s School of Medicine.  He is also board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.  Dr. Kunz has received local, state and national recognition for his community efforts in addiction prevention and treatment. He served as ABAM President from 2008-2011, and previously served as an ASAM Director and Chair of the ASAM Chapters Council. He was Co-chair of the ASAM Medical Specialty Action Group, which recommended that an independent medical board be established to improve the care of patients and to formally involve the medical community and all of health care in the prevention and  treatment of the disease of addiction.


Dr. Kunz has no relevant financial relationships

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this edduring internet-based educational activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA Category 1
  • 0.25 Attendance


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